Abuelas

Director: Afarin Eghbal/ UK Producer: Kasia Malipan, National Film & Television School/ UK Country of Production: UK Country of Filming: UK Running Time: 9 Minutes Genre: Civil Rights, History Showtimes: Friday, Sept. 7th, 6:00PM – 6:10PM – Red Cliffs 4 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.

An American Contradiction

Director/Producer: Vanessa Yuille/ California, USA Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 12 Minutes Genre: Civil Rights, History Showtimes: Friday, Sept. 7th, 6:10PM – 6:25PM – Red Cliffs 4;Friday, Sept 7th, 7:20PM – 7:35PM – Crescent Moon Theatre, Kanab, UT Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Seeking knowledge about her country and heritage, filmmaker Vanessa Yuille journeys to her mother’s birthplace, Heart Mountain, Wyoming, where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII. Internees reflect upon the experience of leaving their homes as children and the wartime hysteria that stripped them of their lawful rights. This dark chapter of American history not only contrasts with the natural beauty of the landscape but also calls into question the definition of what it means to be an American. Through her investigation, Vanessa challenges us to correctly define the true nature of what happened there.

A Part of Me

Director/Producer: Nathan Flanagan-Franki, Jessica Deutchman, Rachel Kellogg Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: Genres: Family Caution Codes: None Synopsis: This courageous personal journey explores whether a family can rebuild itself after a divorce. Back to Mandima Director/Producer: Lionel Baier, Robert-Jan Lacombe Country of Production: Switzerland Country of Filming: Congo Running Time: 39 Minutes Genres: Biography Caution Codes: None Synopsis: I was 10 when we left our village of Zaire. War broke soon after. A personal journey, back to the childhood, to look for my best friends. But a lot has happened in 15 years.

Big City, Small Town

Director/Producer: Stefanos Tai Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 13 Minutes Genres: Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: An up-close examination of New York City residential laws and their expiration through the eyes of a high school student.

Breathe Life

Director/Producer: Matthew Jekowsky, Carly Berryhill, Samantha Andre Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 17 Minutes Genres: Family, Health Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Known as the ‘Brady Bunch’ of the Cystic Fibrosis world, the ‘Monte Five’ cherish each moment and truly live life to the fullest. Breathe Life explores the difficulties the family must live with, as well as the love and unbreakable bonds they share.

Conducting Change

Director/Producer: Denise Blostein, Nathan Ehrlich Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 26 Minutes Genres: Music, Social Issues, Women’s Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Though the number of women that have careers conducting symphony orchestras has increased over the past few decades, it is still rare and considered somewhat unconventional for a woman to be the leader of an orchestra.

Defacing Eve

Director/Producer: Isabelle Lemay, Jessica Odendahl Country of Production: Canada Country of Filming: Canada Running Time: 9 Minutes Genres: Civil Rights-Human Rights, Social Issues, Women’s Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Leyla Hussein fights against Female Genital Mutilation. She was cut at the age  of 7 and tells how communities view this practice and why it is still being performed today.

From Depression to Destiny:

The CCC in Southern Utah and the Arizona Strip Director/Producer: Bill Wilken Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 62 Minutes Genre: Culture, History Showtimes: Saturday, Sept. 8th, 7:00PM – 8:00PM – Red Cliffs 4;Thursday, Sept 6th, 6:20PM – 7:25PM – Crescent Moon Theatre, Kanab, UT Caution Codes: None Synopsis: From Depression to Destiny focuses on the C’boys, and the contributions made by the Civilian Conservation Corp in southern Utah and northern Arizona, during the 1930’s. You are invited to come and be delighted by the firsthand accounts from the few remaining C’boys that came from all around the United States to this beautiful, but hostile corner of America’s southwestern desert. We take you to the ruins of the CCC camps; where you will be entertained by facts and stories passed down to several historians. You will get a glimpse into the ‘daily lives’ of the C’boys, as they built monuments in Zion National Park, the romances they had with the local women, and the heroic rescue of an entire town.

Hula Girl

Director/Producer: Joe Toms-Ashcroft Co-Producer: Mark Bull Country of Production: United Kingdom Country of Filming: USA, United Kingdom Running Time: 26 Minutes Genres: Culture Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Follow two friends as they travel across America in search of a woman who posts hula hooping videos on-line.

 In the Shadows

Director/Producer: Max Miller Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 15 Minutes Genres: Civil Rights-Human Rights, Social Media Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Filmmakers Max Miller and Drew Heskett bring you this portrait piece of a handyman who is a normal American, but he is not American. All he wanted was a better life for his family. Unfortunately he cannot do this legally. Even though he is an upstanding citizen, in the government’s eyes he is not a citizen.

Look to the Cookie

Director/Producer: Lindsay Lindenbaum/ New York, USA Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 6 Minutes Genre: History, Jobs Showtimes: Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 7:05PM – 7:10PM – Red Cliffs 4 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Follow baker Herb Glaser for a day, learning history and community in Glaser’s Bakery

Love, Dad

Director/Producer: Kristofer Husted, Ronnie Reese Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 19 Minutes Genres: Biography, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Story of career criminal James Gardner. Trip through Gardner’s past as he visits family and the mentor who helped turn his life around, and examines the impact of his absence on loved ones.

Making Noise in Silence

Director/Producer: Mina T. Son Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 19 Minutes Genres: Civil Rights-Human Rights, Culture, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Film follows two Korean-born students who attend the California School for the Deaf and explores how they navigate adolescence within the intersection for Deaf and Korean culture.

Marching Band

Director/Producer: Brenda Alavez, John Bills, Kaitlin Snow, Wayne Nilsson Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 17 Minutes Genres: Music Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Davis High and American Fork High travel to St. George to compete with the best bands from the western US with hopes of becoming the next regional champions.

Metro:

Director: Guilherme Hoffmann Associate Producer: Laura Castro Country of Production: Brazil, France Country of Filming: France Running Time: 50 Minutes Genres: Social Issues Caution Codes: NU, LA Synopsis: A not-so-young student who, without knowing what to look for in life, goes to the Paris subway to meet those he values most ... the strangers.

Missionary Lizard:

Director/Producer: Zachary Johnson Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 8 Minutes Genres: Religion Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Many Christians practice well accepted beliefs but in modern fundamental Christianity people are see rise to a new topic - Dinosaurs. Find out what part these prehistoric reptiles play in religious struggle of current America.

 My Castle:

Director/Producer: Amy Adler, Gregory L. Williamson Co-Producer: Kate Nielsen Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: Germany, USA Running Time: 27 Minutes Genres: Biograpy Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Amy Adler grew up believing an old family legend -- one day, she would inherit a medieval castle.In this first-person documentary, Amy travels to Germany on a quest to understand her family history.

My Son

Director/Producer: Chithra Jeyaram Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 9 Minutes Genres: Health Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Portrayal of A mom and her 6 year old son in the midst of life altering cancer.

Normal Stuff? (Not Today)

Director/Producer: Gary Planken Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 21 Minutes Genres: Biography, Social Issues, Women’s Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Two very different guys set out to look for their extraordinary gifts to share with the world.

Out of the Blue

Director/Producer: Cory Godwin, Matthew Stamm Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 18 Minutes Genres: Wildlife Caution Codes: None Synopsis: To educate the public about the issues surrounding dolphin and whale strandings.

Pieces of the Soul:

A Film About the Life of Matt Clark Director/Producer: Spencer Sullivan Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 60 Minutes Genre: Art-Sculpture, Health Showtimes: Thursday, Sept. 6th, 7:00PM – 8:15PM – Eccles Mainstage; Saturday, Sept. 8th, 8:00PM – 9:00PM – Red Cliffs 4 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Matt Clark’s dream of becoming a professional rodeo cowboy was shattered after suffering a severe spinal cord injury. Still a teenager, he was recommended by his lead medical specialist to check into a rest home, where he would live only 4 to 5 years. More than 30 years after his injury he is now a well known artist in southern Utah where his work is easily recognized by its unique style. “Pieces of the Soul” shows how Matt’s artwork is symbolic of his life’s struggles in overcoming opposition and how he has come to define his own life.

Project Hopeful

Director/Producer: Grace Johnson, Kelsie Kiley Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 13 Minutes Genres: Health, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Follow Project Hope families who have adopted orphans with special needs.

Redeeming the American Farm

Director/Producer: Jackie Hurwitz Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 39 Minutes Genres: Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Explore what happens when one small town is faced with the proposal for a 72,000-cow factory farm in its midst.

Salt of the Earth

Director/Producer: Co-Producer: Country of Production: Country of Filming: Running Time: 10 Minutes Genres: Sports-Competition Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Chronicles B.J. Burdoll’s racing team as they set a new land speed record. He is a third generation to build cars to race on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Season of the Wolf

Director/Producer: Cory Olmstead Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 50 Minutes Genre: Wildlife-Animals, Nature Showtimes: Friday, Sept. 7th, 7:10PM – 8:15PM – Red Cliffs 3 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: This film takes place in Yellowstone National Park during the transition of winter into spring. This time of year is where the wolves feed on the sick and the weak elk and bison. Winter takes a toll on the elk and the bison, giving the wolves an advantage to catch their prey. This time of year, the wolf packs become stronger because of the nourishment they receive from the weakened animals. The wolves are always hunting looking for food for the pack. During this transition period the bison and elk are calving, providing easy prey. Although the prey is plentiful the wolf pack has competition from other predators such as the grizzly bear. This film shows the two animals dueling over a buffalo carcass. This is a timeless fight that goes on year after year and will continue in years to come.

Sebastian

Director/Producer: Dan Duran, Katie Valovcin, Kellie Henika Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 17 Minutes Genres: Health Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Sebastian is about a blind teenager who uses the technique of ‘echolocation’ to overcome challenges of identity and disability.

Shag Nation

Director/Producer: Brittany Brothers/ New York, USA Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 19 Minutes Genre: Art-Dance Showtimes: Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 7:00PM – 7:20PM – Red Cliffs 3 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Shag Nation is a documentary about a form of recreational dancing called the Carolina Shag and the charmingly quirky subculture behind it.

Slick: Behind Deepwater Horizon

Director/Producer: Michael Bennett Smith, Paige Tomlinson Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 13 Minutes Genres: Environment Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Four residents of coastal Alabama recount their experiences with the 2010 BP Oil Spill and uncover truths behind the largest man-made environmental disaster in history.

Still

Director/Producer: Jose Tadeu Bijos, Michael Barth, Pasqual Gutierrez, Ruby Stocking/ California, USA Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 11 Minutes Genre: Wildlife-Fish, Nature Showtimes: Thursday, Sept. 6th, 8:40PM – 8:50PM – Red Cliffs 4; Saturday, Sept. 8th, 6:20PM – 6:30PM – Red Cliffs 3 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: As society enters a new era of awareness towards environmentalism on land, very much is still unknown about the sustainability of the one body that encompasses over 70% of earth: our oceans. ‘Still’ dives into the life of Carlos Eyles, an author, free diver, and ocean photographer. Through Carlos, we are able to understand the indefinite spiritual connection between the ocean and humankind.

Storywoods

Director/Producer: Mary Horan Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 7 Minutes Genres: Art, Biography Caution Codes: None Synopsis: For the past 9 years, Rebecca has created an elaborate wooded scenery from scratch, mirroring the world of her childhood in Durham, New Hampshire.

The Approach

Director: Adam Ferraro Producer: DSC Documentary Class of 2012 Written By: Dallas Hyland Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 40 Minutes Genre: Sports-Rock Climbing Showtimes: Saturday, Sept. 8th, 4:00PM – 5:00PM – Eccles Mainstage Caution Codes: None Synopsis: In the throws of life, we all make choices, some conscious and some sub-conscious but all having an outcome that proves to shape our experience. Living more life seems to require a sacrifice of the creature comforts and securities that lifestyle offers. But more lifestyle requires an almost deliberate surrender of a life abundant in pursuit of your passions. This film ponders the question poignantly in the backdrop of the world of sport climbing. But its message transcends the story and will move all to heed its question. Some people make time to do what they love. Some people live what they love. What’s your approach?

The Art of Remembrance

Director/Producer: Raul Raz Pastrana/ New York, USA Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 10 Minutes Genre: Art-Sculpture Showtimes: Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 4:00PM – 4:15PM – Red Cliffs 3 Caution Codes: None Synopsis: An immigrant artist ponders the meaning of life and death in two cultures as he prepares a community altar for the Day of the Dead to remember those whom he has lost and his own native Mexico. ‘THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE’ captures Mexican artist Daniel Valle as he creates giant paper mache skeleton sculptures and constructs a community altar to remember the dead. This intimate snapshot of a New York City Day of the Dead celebration explores Valle’s quest to preserve the memory of lost loved ones and keep Mexican culture alive through art. Along the way Valle challenges our own notions of the meaning of life and death and reminds us that remembrance truly is an art.

The Pizza Cart

Director/Producer: Conrad Laga Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 10 Minutes Genre: Biography, Jobs Showtimes: Saturday, Sept. 8th, 5:05PM – 5:15PM – Eccles Mainstage Caution Codes: None Synopsis: An inspiring story that follows a family in Cedar City, UT who build a pizza cart as a way to break free from relying on grant money to pay for school.

The Struggle Garden

Director/Producer: Jack Davis Country of Production: Uganda Country of Filming: Uganda Running Time: 48 Minutes Genres: Civil Rights-Human Rights, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: The Struggle Garden is an illegal refugee settlement in the heart of urban Uganda. This film, compiled over the course of two months living in the community, compiles the stories of individuals who were forced to leave not only their countries but the refugee camps that are mandated to protect them.

There is No Place for you Here

Director/Producer: Elliott Balsley, Haley Quartarone, Ravi Lloyd, Ruby Stocking, Sam Price-Waldman Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: Ghana Running Time: 15 Minutes Genres: Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: In the center of Ghana’s gold industry, a 15-year-old boy struggles to escape the dangerous cycle of illegal mining, with help from a local NGO and a   concerned radio host.

Time Dances On

Director/Producer: Sophia Kruz Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 38 Minutes Genres: Art, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Jim’s story from childhood through his stint as a swing-dance teacher in Ann Arbor, his marriage to Deb, and his ultimate acceptance of who he truly is: a confident gay man.

Viral

Director/Producer: Dustin Waldman Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 12 Minutes Genres: Social Media Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Various professionals and members of You Tube community discuss the changing nature of media, celebrity and human connection.

Well-Fed

Director/Producer: Anna Moot-Levin Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 6 Minutes Genres: Nature Caution Codes: None Synopsis: Journey into the world of carnivorous plants and their devoted caretakers.

Why Should I Care?

Director/Producer: Michael Notrica, Michelle Notrica Country of Production: USA Country of Filming: USA Running Time: 32 Minutes Genres: Education-Communication, Social Issues Caution Codes: None Synopsis: A documentary about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. The question of why American youth should care about the revolution is outlined through the exploration of several topics.